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FRIDAY 22nd JULY - SUNDAY 24th JULY 2016

"Rewind Scotland – The 80s Festival" in Perth, Scotland is back by popular demand. The festival will take place from Friday 22nd July until Sunday 24th July 2016 at Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland.

As with the previous five Rewind Festivals at Scone Palace, this year’s Rewind extravaganza will provide an even bigger bang with the crème de la crème of classic 80’s pop music.  

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This year’s headline performances include the mesmerising Holly Johnson (Relax, Two Tribes) and Adam Ant (Stand and Deliver, Prince Charming). As with all past Rewind Festivals, the 80s celebrations will showcase non-stop music on the main stage from the biggest 80s icons, plus plenty of audience participation and plenty of nostalgic dressing up.

The festival includes an all-star 80s line-up featuring Rick Astley, ABC, Tony Hadley, Marc Almond,   Go West, Roland Gift, China Crisis, Toyah, The Beat, Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow, plus many more big names, including legendary Scottish artists Midge Ure (Live Aid, Ultravox), The Bluebells, Average White Band and making their Rewind Scotland debuts, Living In A Box, Leo Sayer, Snap, and Slim Jim Phantom From Stray Cats.

One of the biggest highlights at this year’s festival is the Rewind Scotland debut of the British Electric Foundation. B.E.F. is the brainchild of Heaven 17’s Martyn Ware, and will showcase a unique and dazzling performance featuring a raft of legendary pop artists. 

Ware has assembled a stellar line-up featuring the full Heaven 17 band performing songs made famous by the stars themselves, plus cover versions in the inimitable B.E.F. electronic pop style featuring Thomas Dolby, Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, The Noisettes’ Shingai Shoniwa, Mari Wilson and The Farm’s Peter Hooton

B.E.F.’s 80’s themed electronic extravaganza promises to be a hit-packed highlight of the entire weekend. Don’t dare miss it!

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 29th January 2016.  Full details about ticket outlets and prices are available from the official Rewind website: www.rewindfestival.com.

The festival will also feature plenty of additional non-stop festival fun from the Silent Disco to Live Karaoke Bar, as well as Camping and Glamping (aka Glamorous Camping) options. Additional festival necessities will be present, including a kidzone for the little ones, funfair, and a spectacular firework display to close the weekend. When Nature Calls wristbands will also be available giving festival goers access to posh loos.

Holly Johnson
One of the most recognisable and powerful voices from the eighties and principle songwriter of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Holly Johnson enjoyed phenomenal commercial success during the 1980s with a multitude of hits. These include “Relax” (famously banned by the BBC and 7th bestselling single of all time in the UK), “Two Tribes” and “The Power of Love” reaching the number 1 spot in the UK: including the number 1 album “Welcome To The Pleasuredome”.  After Holly and the band split, he went on to have an equally successful solo career, with platinum selling album Blast reaching the top of the charts in 1989 spawning four singles ; “Love Train” and ‘Americanos’ hit the top 5 followed by “Atomic City” and “Heaven’s Here”.

Having just released the deluxe album “Club Europa” Holly is ready to delight audiences once again at Rewind Scotland in 2016. Having appeared at Rewind Festivals in Henley and Perth previously to the audiences delight, you can expect an unforgettable and moving performance from Holly in 2016.

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Rick Astley
Exploding onto the music scene in 1987, Rick Astley appeared fully developed with a rich tone and a soulful depth of delivery that belied his years. Following the release of his debut single “Never Gonna Give You Up”, the 21 year old became a pop sensation overnight. Within 2 weeks of its release, the single reached Number 1 in the UK, and went on to hit Number 1 in 16 other countries worldwide. The following 2 years saw Rick continue to dominate the charts around the globe. In the UK, Rick was in the Top 40 every week for the first 6 months of his career, and today still holds the record of being the only male solo artist to have his first 8 singles reach the Top Ten in the UK.

As well as appearing at all 3 Rewind Festivals this summer, Rick will be touring the UK for 13 dates in April 2016, has a music documentary in the pipeline and always the songwriter, is working in his studio on a new album for release in the Autumn. Exciting times ahead.

Tony Hadley
Tony has been an accomplished solo artist since 1990 following his successful career with Spandau Ballet. He has seen a lot of the world and performed to a sizeable chunk of it - both live and via television and radio - but remains as enthusiastic and ambitious as ever, constantly welcoming new opportunities and challenges within music. As well as his love for song writing and recording, his real passion lies within the live arena - something he hopes will continue for a long time.

As a solo artist Tony has worked with musicians and within musical areas that are extremely far-reaching and diverse. Also, he has worked with a variety of talented producers and musicians. Ron Nevison (one of America's top rock producers with Heart and The Who) and Steve Lukather (guitarist with Toto) were involved in his very first solo album "The State of Play" recorded in Los Angeles in the early 90's. Duran Duran's Simon le Bon (Tony's supposed archrival!) very kindly sang backing vocals on Tony's version of Save a Prayer on the album "True Ballads". He has also released three live albums - the first recorded at Ronnie Scott's in Birmingham and the other two recorded with his long-time friends Peter Cox and Richard Drummie from Go West, and Martin Fry from ABC.

Tony's versatility is further exhibited as he takes to the stage at Rewind South this summer with the Southbank Sinfonia.

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Marc Almond
Marc Almond is an internationally acclaimed and successful artist. He has sold over 30 million records worldwide and is an icon and influence to a generation of musicians. Marc Almond and David Ball formed the internationally successful 'electro duo' Soft Cell in 1979. Soft Cell were signed to Stevo's underground label Some Bizzare and licensed to Phonogram as part of the new electronic music phenomena. They went on to record four albums.

Marc has worked with a number of acclaimed producers including Mike Hedges, Trevor Horn and Marius DeVries as well as more experimental producers such as Iceland's Johann Johannsson. He's also had licensing deals with a number of Major labels including Phonogram, EMI. Warners, Universal, Rough Trade, Echo, Tres Bis XIII, Sanctuary and Virgin.

Leo Sayer
Leo’s career started in 1972, when he met David Courtney through an audition in his home city of Brighton. Leo and David started writing songs together, and took these to Adam Faith, who himself had been a legendary pop singing icon the 50’s and 60’s. Adam saw Leo’s potential immediately, and producing his first albums with David, steered the singer songwriter to almost instant success with 1973’s ‘Silverbird’, Leo’s debut album release. His first seven hit singles in the United Kingdom all reached the Top 10.

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Go West
Peter Cox and Richard Drummie first met in 1974. Their debut single ‘We Close Our Eyes’, reached number 5 in the UK charts in the spring of 1985 and hit the top 10 in the US. This ‘overnight’ success was followed by three further UK top 10 hits – ‘Call Me’, ‘Goodbye Girl’ and ‘Don’t Look Down’. The album 'Go West' sold 2 million copies worldwide and remained on the UK chart for 83 weeks, establishing them as one of the finest songwriting partnerships to emerge in the 80’s. . They have enjoyed chart success worldwide too, notably ‘King Of Wishful Thinking’, the opening song in the hugely successful film ‘Pretty Woman’.

Six albums and 20 million sales later, Go West are stronger than ever, continuing to play live all over the world.  In the Autumn of 2015 they completed a hugely successful tour with 80s contemporaries Nik Kershaw & T’Pau, playing to 31 packed houses across the UK. The current Go West Album is called '3D' and is available from gowest.tmstor.es.

Living in a Box
Formed in Sheffield, England in 1985, the British pop-funk group Living In A Box boomed onto MTV early in 1987 with a song named after themselves. After debuting on the UK chart at #42, within two weeks it had raced up the charts to #5 and catapulted the band to instant stardom. 2016 will see Living In A Box tour again with Chrysalis label mate and long-time friend Kenny Thomas taking over the lead vocals. They will be playing all their hits, top album favourites and songs that have influenced them over the years.

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Average White Band
Average White Band are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit 'Pick Up the Pieces'  the band's strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi- grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records. The current line-up of the band - this time with noted US recruits augmenting founder members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre - continue to record and tour around the world to ongoing critical and audience acclaim.

The Beat
One of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone movement, The Beat present a wall of sound that transcends time and ska fusion rhythms to ignite a crowd. The 2016 line-up features Ranking Roger and Ranking Junior on vocals with Oscar Harrison on drums, Andy Pearson and Steve Harper on guitars.

The Beat formed in Birmingham in 1978, part of the West Midlands ska revival scene that also produced The Specials and The Selecter, whilst London saw the formation of Madness and The Bodysnatchers.

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The Bluebells
In a whirlwind  career spanning the early 80’s, Glasgow's rustic jangle pop Bluebells - whose recording output included three U.K. hit singles “I’m Falling”, “Cath” and  the UK  number 1 “Young at Heart” made with a procession of producers including Elvis Costello raised the bar for young Scottish songwriters.

With the release of their debut album “Sisters” in 1984 on London Records, The Bluebells toured widely in Europe and North America developing their live sound and signing to Seymour Stein’s Sire records in the U.S.

Hazell Dean
Hazell Dean established a formidable reputation as undisputed "Queen of Hi-NRG” with her debut single "Searchin’”  and went on to score the first top 5 single for Stock, Aitken & Waterman with “Whatever I do”. This was followed with a succession of massive club and dance hits which crossed successfully into the mainstream charts during the 1980’s including "Turn it into Love”. "Who's Leaving Who?", "Maybe" and "Turn It Into Love".

Hazell Dean has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and O2 Arena and achieved massive worldwide success having chart hits across Europe, America, South Africa, Australia and the Far East.

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Renowned for their work with SNAP! producers Luca Anzilotti & Michael Münzing have written more than one chapter in the history of dance music. Their international megahit “The Power” is not only one of the world's most played dance-tracks, but also the one that launched the “SNAP!-attack” 15 years ago, taking the world by storm and turning Anzilotti and Münzing into one of Europe´s most successful producer teams.

SNAP!’s 1990 debut album “World Power” has sold more than 7 million copies and is one of the most successful dance albums ever.

“Rhythm Is A Dancer” was the bestselling single of 1992 in both Germany and the UK, occupying the number 1 slot in Germany for over 10 weeks and listing in the US Billboard Charts for 39 weeks in a row.

Adam Ant
Adam Ant made a name for himself as the lead singer of post-punk group “Adam and the Ants”. After this he changed direction as a solo artist and gained 10 top ten hits from 1980 to 1983 including three number ones.

After he went solo, taking his writing partner Pirroni with him aswell as Merrick who ended up being his producer/drummer for the UK edition of his first solo single “Goody Two Shoes” and demos for the forthcoming “Friend Or Foe” album before moving onto other production work. His “Friend Or Foe” album once again constructed another top ten single

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Fronted by the dapper Martin Fry, their debut album The Lexicon of Love, released in 1982, crashed straight into the charts at number one, showcasing a string of hits including “The Look of Love”, “Tears Are Not Enough”, “All Of My Heart” and “Poison Arrow”.  After five further albums and a greatest hits compilation, ABC bowed out of the spotlight in the early nineties, only to resurrect the name at the end of the decade much to the delight of their fans.  In the past few years, highlights for the group included performing their debut album “The Lexicon of Love”in its entirety to a sell-out audience at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall conducted by Anne Dudley, over a quarter of a decade since its debut release.

Martin Fry is currently working on a new ABC album and has further orchestral shows planned for later this year.  Whether performing as a band or with an orchestra, Martin Fry is the consummate show man.

Big Country
Internationally-renowned Scottish rockers Big Country will return to the festival this year at Rewind Scotland. Formed in Dunfermline, Fife in 1981, they enjoyed huge success in the 80s thanks to their unique brand of rock music and such massive hits as “In a Big Country” "Chance" and “Fields of Fire (400 Miles)” taken from their multi-platinum album 'The Crossing" produced by the legendary Steve Lillywhite. Their biggest single came with ‘Look Away’, Number 7 UK hit from ‘The Seer’ album. Sadly band founder member Stuart Adamson passed away in 2001.

The band reformed in 2011 with a new line-up fronted by The Alarm’s Mike Peters and original members Bruce Watson, Tony Butler, Mark Brzezicki and Bruce’s son Jamie Watson. Peters has now returned to The Alarm and Big Country now includes singer Simon Hough and bassist Scott Whitley alongside Jamie and founder members Bruce and Mark.

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Midge Ure
One of Britain’s most prolific and well-respected songwriters, co-organiser of the Live Aid concerts and former member of such iconic groups as Visage and Thin Lizzy; Midge Ure is a man of many talents.  True musical royalty, he received an OBE back in 2005 for services to music and charity.  Midge achieved huge success in the 80s with the synthpop band Ultravox, with worldwide hits such as “Dancing With Tears In My Eyes” and “Vienna”, going on to have a successful solo career too.  Having performed a reunion tour with Ultravox back in 2010, this summer he plays solo bringing his extraordinary back catalogue to Rewind.

Slim Jim Phantom From Stray Cats
Slim Jim Phantom has secured his place as a true rock n roll icon. As the legendary drummer for the Stray Cats Phantom, alongside band mates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker, spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 80s. With a love for 50s rock n roll the Stray Cats took inspiration from the bygone era and mixed with their youthful energy and aggression produced the updated hard-edged rockabilly sound that saw them conquer London, Europe and later the US, gaining fans among the likes of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Robert Plant along the way.
Over 25 years and millions of record sales later and Slim Jim Phantom continues to inspire and excite audiences worldwide.

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Roland Gift
At one time picked by People Magazine as one of their 50 most beautiful  people Roland Gift  came dramatically to attention with the release of the first Fine Young Cannibals album. His high, soaring voice was immediately recognizable, his style being based both in classic soul singers and in modern techniques that provided him an edge. It was with the second FYC album four years later, however, that the band began to break internationally, with "She Drives Me Crazy" being heard everywhere, in movies, on television, on the radio. 

Gift spent the earlier part of his life in Birmingham then Hull. He entered music first as a saxophonist with punk band Blue Kitchen, moving on from there to the Acrylic Victims, eventually joining Andy Cox and David Steel after the disintegration of the (English) Beat sent them in search of a vocalist.

China Crisis
China Crisis is an English pop/rock band. They were formed in 1979 in Kirkby, near Liverpool, Merseyside with a core of vocalist/keyboardist Gary Daly and guitarist Eddie Lundon. China Crisis were originally assimilated in the batch of new wave Liverpool acts of the late 1970s and early 1980s, led by OMD and also including The Teardrop Explodes, A Flock of Seagulls and Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

China Crisis had success in the United Kingdom in the 1980s with five Top 40 singles and three Top 40 albums, as well as commercial success in Western Europe, Australia and the Americas. Back with a new album for 2015, their first since 1994, Gary and Eddie continue to delight and excite audiences around the world.

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In a career spanning over 38 years Toyah has had 15 top 40 singles including “It’s a Mystery “and “ I Want To Be Free”. From punk princess to high priestess of TV, Toyah is a uniquely gifted performer. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved actress and music composer. With continuing Film and TV appearances, as well as yearly touring, Toyah maintains a multi-faceted and vibrant career. Her latest movie AAAAAAAAH! Has been nominated for awards around the world. In 2014 she topped the Itunes Rock chart with her American band The Humans. This year see's more releases and more touring!

Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow
Annabella Lwin, at the tender age of fourteen, was one of the most photographed, talked about and popular vocalists in the early 80’s with her band, BOW WOW WOW, who enjoyed success with massive hits such as ‘I Want Candy’, ’Do U wanna Hold Me?’, ‘Go Wild in the Country’, ‘C30, C60, C90, Go!’. Her unique vocals, which swung between sweet fourteen and banshee squeals, defined the sound of a new and energetic pop culture; her memorable performances influencing and inspiring a brand new wave of up and coming artists such as the ‘Red Hot Chili Peppers’, ‘No Doubt’, ‘Smashing Pumpkins’ & ‘Green Day’ amongst others.

Performing low‐key shows on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as large promoted concerts under her own name & Bow Wow Wow. the new millennium found Annabella also expanding and employing her talents as a songwriter in new commercial, as well as spiritual, directions.

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British Electric Foundation (B.E.F.)
British Electric Foundation were formed in 1980, the brain child of Martyn Ware (The Human League and Heaven 17) the group showcases a variety of different musical artists performing classic songs with an electronic slant.

‘British Electric Foundation are proud to present a unique and exciting performance at the Rewind Festival featuring legendary artists.’

Martyn Ware has assembled a stellar line-up featuring the full Heaven 17 band performing songs made famous by the stars themselves and cover versions in the inimitable BEF electronic pop style. Rewind 2016 hosts Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory, Joy Division’s Peter Hook, The Farm’s Peter Hooton, Mari Wilson, Landscape, Jaki Graham, Noisette’s Shingai Shoniwa and Thomas Dolby.

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Glenn Gregory
(Heaven 17)
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Thomas Dolby

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Peter Hooton
(The Farm)

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Shingai Shoniwa
(The Noisettes)

Originally launched at Henley-on-Thames in 2009, Rewind has become the biggest 80s festival in the world. Rewind has featured everyone from Boy George, ,Human League, The B52’s, OMD, Kool & The Gang, Holly Johnson, Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey, and many more.

Rewind Festival in Henley-on-Thames has proven to be so popular with audiences that it has expanded to Rewind Scotland, Rewind North, as well as South Africa, Dubai and Bangkok.

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